Body language is as much a part of us as is our spoken language. We silently communicate all the time, and are rarely conscious of the messages we are giving off. Similarly, we pick up “vibes” or “feelings” about what other people are thinking, sometimes even in contradiction to what they are saying. Often such perception is triggered by our subconsciously picking up on the other person’s body language. We don’t have to study the language in order to be able to interpret it. In short, the secret to being regarded by others as honest and sincere is to actually be honest and sincere! The body language will just flow along naturally without you ever having to worry about it. Nevertheless, there are good reasons to acquire a good working knowledge of body language as public speakers. Many great communicators are by nature very shy or even insecure. Such people rarely will use “open” body language naturally, and audiences may misinterpret this as insincerity. Practicing open, expressive body movements while speaking may even help such ones to come out of their shell and grow in self-confidence. (Remember that faking a smile or laugh can even make you feel happier if you persist with it long enough.) And so in our publication (link below) we present a brief list of important body language issues. These may help you find your real “self” at the public lectern, or slightly polish your performance if you are experienced at what you do. Excerpt From: Mark Porter. “The Way With Words.” iBooks. This discussion is continued in detail in “The Way With Words”, by Mark Porter.